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Welcome to the February edition of Your News, the City of Launceston's monthly newsletter. 

The year is off to a great start with some important and very positive outcomes achieved at the first Council meeting for 2022 last week.   

Two years ago, the City of Launceston developed its Sustainability Strategy - a set of goals and objectives aimed at limiting the Council's impact on the natural environment, for example commitments to achieve carbon neutrality for corporate emissions by 2025, and to source 100 per cent renewable energy for all Council-owned buildings by 2025.

We've been doing a lot of work since that time on how to achieve these objectives, and Councillors last week voted to endorse the new Sustainability Action Plan, which as the name suggests, outlines the actions we'll take to meet these goals.

It covers how the Council will work with suppliers, increase funding to community sustainability projects, support sustainable events, move away from gas energy to electricity at our facilities and much more.

The Sustainability Strategy is available here, and I encourage you to have a look at some of the steps we're taking over the coming years to ensure we limit our impact on the environment.

Councillors also endorsed the City of Launceston Place Brand Policy, which will result in a new Launceston place brand being made available to businesses, tourism operators, and all members of the community to promote our amazing city to new audiences.

The Place Brand has been developed in consultation with the community and is designed to properly portray the city's unique character and backstory. It will be available for download through the Brand Tasmania website, and we hope it will be of benefit to community organisations and local businesses who've been doing it tough due to COVID.

- Mayor Albert van Zetten

Council endorses new planning scheme

CEO Michael Stretton

The City of Launceston has over the past two years worked to update its Planning Scheme to better align with the Tasmanian Planning Scheme framework.

The Council sought input from the community throughout this process, with four information sessions held last year at the Town Hall, Kings Meadows, the Northern Suburbs and Lilydale.

Formal exhibition of the Launceston Draft Local Provisions Schedule concluded in September with more than 60 representations received, and a report was prepared considering each representation on its own merit.

The report and final recommendations for the new scheme were endorsed by Councillors at last week's council meeting, and will now be submitted to the Tasmanian Planning Commission, which will provide further opportunity for public comment in the near future.

While the majority of existing zoning provisions across the city will remain the same under the new local provisions, the changes mean the City of Launceston's Planning Scheme will be more consistent with those of other local government authorities across Tasmania.

To learn more about the Tasmanian Planning Scheme and the Draft Local Provisions Schedule, please click here

Pool renamed to honour Olympic champion 

The City of Launceston has officially renamed the 50m competition pool at the Launceston Leisure and Aquatic Centre in honour of the city's Olympic and world champion, Ariarne Titmus.

Titmus was bestowed the City's highest honour - the Key to the City - in September last year. The key presentation and pool renaming were initiated by a notice of motion from Deputy Mayor Danny Gibson following the former Launceston swimmer's incredible success winning four medals - including two gold - at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said he was proud to unveil the newly named Ariarne Titmus 50m Competition Pool at a special ceremony last weekend, attended by the 21-year-old superstar.

"Ariarne is an incredible role model for all aspiring young Tasmanian athletes. She's not only an incredible swimmer, but a genuinely humble champion who all young people can look up to and admire," he said.


Aerial survey updating city's maps

The City of Launceston recently conducted an aerial survey of the city, using a helicopter to update its 3D computer models of the municipality.  

This involves capturing a sequence of photographs that are stitched together and imported into specialised software to render an accurate 3D model. 

The Council uses these models for a variety of purposes, including in the assessment of planning applications and the development of major projects, and routinely publishes map data on its website. 

City of Launceston Strategy, Economic Development & Analytics Team Leader Jarred Ranson said the last aerial survey was undertaken by the Council six years ago.

"The Council has since approved more than half a billion dollars of development, so the municipality has changed considerably in that time and we want to ensure our modelling is up to date," he said. 

"We're also working with partner agencies to provide new satellite mapping of the municipality for use in products like Google Maps, to ensure satellite imagery of Launceston remains relevant and up to date."

WATCH: Jeremy from Aerometrex explains how a computer model of a city is created.

Welcoming 145 new Australian citizens

Mayor Albert van Zetten welcomed 145 new Australian citizens to the community at a ceremony at the Albert Hall last week. 

Our newest citizens come from many countries including Bangladesh, Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Myanmar, China, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Iran, Vietnam, Canada, Malaysia, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Samoa, Afghanistan, South Africa, the Philippines, Nigeria, France, the United States, Norway and El Salvador.

Mayor van Zetten congratulated conferees on their decision to officially become Australian citizens.

"We are enormously fortunate to live in a country like Australia, and it's a tremendous honour to celebrate with conferees as they take this important step," he said.

"I have no doubt they will add to the diversity of our city and enrich the fabric of our community long into the future."

Book your booster shot

You can get your booster shot four months after your second COVID-19 vaccine dose. Getting a booster helps strengthen your immunity and maintain a high level of protection against COVID-19.

Book online now or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. Boosters are also available at participating GPs and pharmacies.


Hard Waste Collection 

For just $10, Launceston municipality residents can register their bulky unwanted items for collection in March, including fridges, furniture, and other large items. 

Don't miss out - registrations close at the end of this month. 


States to battle for cricket carnival win 

Cricketers representing interstate Railway Institutes from New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria are arriving in Launceston for the week-long 2022 ANZRI Cricket Carnival which starts Monday (February 7).

The bi-annual carnivals have been held since 1929, with last year's event rescheduled to this month due to COVID-19.

Victoria will be keen to defend the Railway Commissioners Shield and Mick Simmons Challenge Cup won in 2019 on the Gold Coast.

Tasmania will play Queensland on the NTCA main ground on Monday in Round 1 of the Bruce Payne Memorial Shield, and the other states during the week for the Railway Commissioners Shield and Mick Simmons Challenge Cup.

The ANZRI Cricket Carnival final will be held on Friday, February 11, on the NTCA main ground. Entry to all matches is free. 
PHOTO: 2017 ANZRI Cricket Carnival, Launceston


Celebrating our unique built heritage

The winners of the 2021 City of Launceston Heritage Awards were announced prior to the Christmas break at a special ceremony at Town Hall, celebrating the 13th anniversary of the awards' inception and the success of the inaugural Places of Launceston event series. 

The Heritage Snap photography competition, added to the Heritage Awards in 2014, is open to school-aged students and divided into three categories. Last year the additional open award category 'Highlighting Heritage' was added.

"We hope through these awards that we can inspire our young people to take an interest and become involved in a discussion about Launceston's built heritage, which is recognised not just nationally but internationally as being unique, very special and well worth protecting," Mayor Albert van Zetten said.

The 2021 theme was "If walls could talk".


  • Primary School Category: Ava Corbould (Scotch Oakburn College)
  • Grades 7-10: Henry Carls (St Patrick's College)
  • Grades 11-12: Phoebe Withington (Launceston College)
  • Highlighting Heritage Award: James Jacob

Places of Launceston will be on again in 2022, showcasing and embracing the value of our city's architecture, public spaces and landscapes to our economy, society, environment and culture. For more information, please contact Place & Heritage Officer Fiona Ranson on 03 6323 3370 or by email.

Carr Villa ash placement garden

WATCH: The City of Launceston is constructing a new ash placement garden at Carr Villa Memorial Park. Carr Villa Business Leader Ralf Goetschenberg provides a quick overview of the $800,000 project, which involves the construction of a new garden on a previously vacant area of land in the south-east of the park and will be completed this financial year.

APPLY NOW: Grants & sponsorship

The City of Launceston Event Sponsorship Program provides funding support to events that deliver a range of community, social, cultural, tourism and economic benefits to the Launceston community. Applications are now open for events to be held between August 1 and December 31, 2022 within the following categories:

  • Major Event Sponsorship
  • Small Event Sponsorship

Online applications for Round 1 close March 15.

The City of Launceston Community Grants Program provides assistance to organisations delivering projects/activities held in the Launceston municipality which result in social, cultural and environmental benefits for the Launceston community. Applications are now open for projects commencing after May 31, 2022. Online applications for Round 2 2021/2022 close March 31.

The City of Launceston Community Grants for Individuals & Teams/Groups provide assistance to young people aged 18 and under living in the Launceston municipality for sporting, academic or cultural endeavours. Online applications can be made year-round subject to budget availability.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website or contact our Grants & Sponsorship Officer on 03 6323 3351 or by email.


National skate park competition 

WATCH: BMX riders, scooter riders and skateboarders converged on Launceston's Royal Park skate park last week for the Launceston round of the Australian Skate Park series, presented by YMCA Action Sports, Skate Australia and the City of Launceston.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Ageing in Tasmania

The Council On The Ageing Tasmania is undertaking community consultation activities to inform the development of the next Strategy for Older Tasmanians.

COTA wants to H.E.A.R how you stay Healthy, Engaged and Resilient as you age - whether you're 40, 75 or 105 (or any age in between) what are your experiences of ageing in Tasmania?
• What does ageing mean to you?
• Can you access the services and supports you need?
• What do you think Tasmanians need to age well?
Have your say:
• Complete COTA's quick online survey
• Phone or email COTA to get a hard copy of the survey posted to you (6231 3265)
• Text your thoughts about what healthy ageing means to 0477 011 112

QVMAG: Destination Flavour, China

QVMAG has teamed up with SBS Australia to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Museum at Inveresk with free screenings of Destination Flavour, China daily from February 5 to March 5 in the Nuala O'Flaherty Auditorium.

Watch Adam Liaw embark upon his adventure across China, from his mother's hometown of Beijing, through the provinces that gave birth to the eight great regional cuisines of China, to the island of Hainan, his father's ancestral homeland. 

No bookings required. For more information and sessions times, click here.
Photo courtesy SBS Australia

  • Open daily 
  • QVMAG Inveresk
  • Free entry

  • February 5
  • 10am - 2pm
  • The Shed | 12 Kingbilly Crescent, Rocherlea
  • Free entry

Tai Chi
  • Every Saturday
  • 12.30pm - 1.15pm
  • City Park
  • FREE
  • Every Wednesday (starts February 9)
  • 6pm - 7pm
  • City Park
  • FREE
Gentle Exercise
  • Every Thursday (starts February 10)
  • 11am - 11.45am
  • The Shed | 12 Kingbilly Crescent, Rocherlea
  • FREE

  • February 11, 18 & 25
  • 5pm - 10pm
  • Civic Square

  • February 13 & 20
  • 12.30pm - 2.30pm
  • City Park

Pre-Valentine's Day Lunch
  • February 13 
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Civic Square

  • February 13 
  • 2pm - 5pm
  • Cataract Gorge
  • Enter online
  • February 20 
  • 10am, 1pm & 4pm
  • Princess Theatre
Launceston Musical Society
  • March 1 - 5
  • Earl Arts Centre

Encore Theatre Company
  • March 10 - 26
  • Princess Theatre
  • Book now

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Council meetings

February 10 & 24 | Launceston Town Hall | 1pm 

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